Updated: Feb 23, 2020
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I am painfully OCD. I wish I could function in a messy house but I just can't do it, friends. I will always have toys on my floor and I am OKAY with that. My kids are only little once and I want to enjoy them. However, I am all for keeping the house organized and clean even with a few toys here and there. A few years ago, I started reading the labels on my bleach and mainstream products. It SCARED me to death and if you haven't read your labels you should run to the cleaning cabinet and read those labels. The ingredients are horrible and can cause reproductive harm, skin irritations and even cancer. Don't take my word for it either! Go do your research and let me know what you find.
I don't have all the cleaning answers because I am in an entirely different season of life than you may be in. I love organization and clean floors and minimal “stuff” in my house but I have two kids. They’re messy and have lots and lots and lots of toys. I had to stop stressing about keeping a perfectly clean home because it isn’t reasonable to not have a few crumbs or toys on the floor with two kids.
However, I do believe in finding a good, easy, painless routine so that your home can truly be a haven. Our family operates best when the house is put together.
This is the key: Give yourself grace. If you're super busy during the week then you will most likely clean on the weekends. I just recently started cleaning my house on the weekends since the blog is growing and I need more time to write during the week. It has changed my life by cleaning on the weekends and I will never go back.
These are tips, tricks, and routines I have created that seem to work well for me! Occasionally, I will change up my routine because sometimes you just need a new routine that works better for you and your family! Also, no one has the time to clean for five hours everyday so you need to make easy, attainable cleaning goals for your season of life.
We all have that one area of the house that we hate to clean. The one area of my house that I really hate cleaning is the shower…. What about you?
A few goals I shoot for each week...
1. Clean the kitchen every evening
2. Do a load of laundry every day
3.Have a place for everything
Once a week “Major Cleaning” Includes:
Bathrooms (Wiping down sinks, scrubbing toilets and showers, taking out the trash, wiping down bathroom mirror, changing hand towels, and mopping the bathroom floor)
Bedding (Wash all sheets and wash comforters once or twice a month depending upon usage)
Floors (Vacuum & Mop)
Dusting (This is my least favorite chore) *This included windows*
A Chore That I Pick Off Of My Monthly Chore Chart (See Below)
Daily Cleaning Includes:
Cleaning The Kitchen (Dishes, sweeping, wiping down counters, etc.)
General Tidying of the house (Picking up toys, shoes, clearing the bathroom sink of toiletries, etc.)
Making Up All The Beds In The House (This is super important to me!)
A Load Of Laundry (Prevents Pile-Up)
Why is keeping a clean home so important you ask? I hope that when you’re referring back to this post or building your own weekly cleaning routine, that you can glean encouragement from my words. Being passionate about keeping a clean home is important to me for a few reasons. I have found that when I determine “why” I do something I am more apt to enjoy the task at hand. A perfectly clean home doesn’t exist. Even if you scrub your baseboards and vacuum behind furniture, there will still be dust bunnies or a laundry basket filling up in your home.
I want my family to have a space to enjoy that is clean, inviting, and clutter-free. We all live, laugh and love best in a home where we aren’t drowning in clutter and chaos. Sure, there are times when the sink is full of dishes, toilets need scrubbing, and toys need to be picked up off the floor. But in just a few minutes we can have the house in working order and go on about our day. My family is my “why”. I want them to have clean spaces to play and learn in. I want my husband to come home to a orderly home after a long day at work. The art of homemaking is often coined as “Old-Fashioned” but it means a lot to my husband and children.
How do you keep your home clean? Do you have a routine? Or do you dedicate one day a week to clean your house? I would love to know!
Here is a list of products that I use and LOVE:
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Homemade Floor/Wall Cleaner: A few squirts of dish soap and equal parts water and vinegar (1 cup each).
Drill Brush Scrubber-GAME CHANGER for cleaning your shower!
Click HERE for a free weekly chore chart printable!
A few tasks that I add to my Bi-Monthly Chore List: Vacuum behind major appliances, wash windows inside/out, and wipe down baseboards to name a few!
Cleaning is always something that has to be done so why not do it intentionally so we aren't cleaning every single second?
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